Gardens and other landscapes can feed and shelter pollinators, especially in developed and degraded areas. Here are some tips for small actions that can have a huge collective impact:
Plant native species in your garden, or create patio gardens with potted native plants. Avoid hybrids (e.g., tea roses) and sterile non-natives (e.g., tulips).
Reduce or eliminate chemical fertilizers, especially those that are aerially dispersed.
Visit your farmer’s market and buy locally grown, organic products.
Buy organic bananas and other organic products at the grocery store.
Buy shade-friendly coffee.
Relinquish mosquito zappers.
Reduce lawn grass area, since grass provides nearly no ecological benefit. Plant native shrubs and flowering plants instead. They use less water, are low maintenance, are aesthetically pleasing, and provide great habitat for pollinators.